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Read Florida’s New Law Targeting Online Bullying

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A new Florida law targets bullying, particularly online.

Last week Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill targeting bullying, HB 609, into law.

The law makes three big changes: Students can be bullied publicly or privately; defines cyberbullying as harassment using electronic means, such as email or impersonating someone online; and allows schools to get involved if off-campus bullying affects the targeted student’s on-campus education.

The law does not require school districts to monitor off-campus activity. The law also requires schools to teach staff and students about how to identify bullying and what to do if they see it.

We’ve posted the new law and noted some of the key changes, after the jump.

Comments

  • Onthewatermost

    This opens up Florida Administators to be more active, AnonymousAlerts.com is a great service that students can anonymously report bullying and cyber-bullying and attach a screen shot or photo when sending to school officials. Parents need to also get more active when discussing issues with their children.

  • ty

    lol

  • CHRISTOPHER CHALMERS

    I HELP VICTIMS OF CYBERBULLYING. AND I WILL HELP THEM. I TOOK THE PLEDGE TO PUT AN END TO CYBERBULLYING. AN I WILL TAKE ACTION I LOVE YOU GOD LOVES YOU GOD LOVES US. GOD DOES NOT SEE HIS CHILDREN GETTING BULLIED AROUND. I WILL STAND UP AND NEVER GIVE UP. PARENTS AND ADULTS AND CHILDREN AND ALL FAMILIES IN GOD. I WILL HELP YOU GET THROUGH THIS. AND I WILL NOT LET YOU GET HURT. I WILL PROTECT YOU FROM THIS CYBERBULLYING
    VIRUS. WE CREATED. WE ARE THE ONES. THAT. CREATED IT WE MUST DESTROY IT. REMEMBER WE ARE GOD’S CHILDREN AND HIS PEOPLE. AND GOD SAYS. WE MUST LOVE EACH OTHER. I AM THE CHAMPION OF. THE WORLD. REMEMBER I HELP VICTIMS OF CYBERBULLYING. AND I WILL TAKE ACTION. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU NEED HELP. AND I WILL HELP YOU. MY MOTHER ADOPTED ME TO SAVE GOD,S. CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES. AND SAVE US FROM THE CYBERBULLYING VIRUS
    YOU CAN TRUST ME. I WILL STAND UP AND TAKE ACTION JUST LIKE GOD SAID. HE SAID. MY SON PLEASE SAVE MY CHILDREN FROM CYBERBULLYING, S EVIL. REIGN
    THEN HE SAID. MY SON CHRISTOPHER CHALMERS. PLEASE HELP MY PEOPLE GIVE CHRISTOPHER JOSEPH CHALMERS A HAND OF APPLAUSE
    BEEP YOUR HORNS IF WE WANT TO STOP CYBERBULLYING SO WHO WANTS TO BE PROTECTED BY CHRISTOPHER JOSEPH CHALMERS SAID. ARE YOU READY FOR CYBERBULLYING, S. END

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